A New Yorker of Irish/Spanish descent, Donna Leon first went to Italy in 1965, returning regularly over the next decade or so while pursuing a career as an academic in the States and then later in Iran, China and finally Saudi Arabia. It was after a period in Saudi Arabia, which she found ‘damaging physically and spiritually’ that Donna decided to move to Venice, where she has now lived for over twenty years.

Her debut as a crime fiction writer began as a joke: talking in a dressing room in Venice’s opera-house La Fenice after a performance, Donna and a singer friend were vilifying a particular German conductor. From the thought ‘why don’t we kill him?’ and discussion of when, where and how, the idea for Death at La Fenice took shape, and was completed over the next four months.

Leon's Commissario Brunetti novels are international bestsellers and are all situated in or around Venice. They are written in English and translated into many foreign languages, but not into Italian, at Leon's request.


Click on a series below for a list of titles in order from newest to oldest.


Commissario Guido Brunetti

The Temptation of Forgiveness cover image
Earthly Remains cover image
The Waters of Eternal Youth cover image
Falling in Love cover image
By Its Cover cover image
The Golden Egg cover image
Beastly Things cover image
Drawing Conclusions cover image
A Question of Belief cover image
About Face cover image
The Girl of His Dreams cover image
Suffer the Little Children cover image
Through a Glass, Darkly cover image
Blood from a Stone cover image
Doctored Evidence cover image
Uniform Justice cover image
Willful Behavior cover image
A Sea of Troubles cover image
Friends in High Places cover image
Fatal Remedies cover image
A Noble Radiance cover image
Quietly in Their Sleep cover image
Acqua Alta cover image
Death and Judgment cover image
Dressed for Death cover image
Death in a Strange Country cover image
Death at La Fenice cover image
Brunetti's Cookbook cover image
Brunetti's Venice cover image

Other Works

The Jewels of Paradise cover image
Gondola cover image
My Venice and Other Essays cover image
Handel's Bestiary cover image